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How to find the second lowest element in the list?
I have a list of students and I have to print the names of students who have scored second lowest.

students = [['Harry', 37.21], ['Berry', 37.21], ['Tina', 37.2], ['Akriti', 41], ['Harsh', 39]]

The lowest grade of belongs to Tina. The second lowest grade of belongs to both Harry and Berry, so we order their names alphabetically and print each name on a new line.

I am extremely new to python so I have coded as below -

 studList = []
for i in range(int(input())):
  name = input()
  score = float(input())
studList = sorted(studList, key = lambda x: x[1], reverse = True)

I have done till the point that I now have a sorted list but now I am not sure I do I extract the second lowest scorer's names.
  • use operator.itemgetter or lambda for the key function
  • sort your list reversed (big numbers first) with the key function
  • use the index -2 to access the second-smallest element

from operator import itemgetter

values = [('A', 4), ('B', 3), ('C', 1), ('D', 6), ('E', 1), ('F', -10), ('G', -20)]
# the second smallest number is -10

name_getter = itemgetter(0)
value_getter = itemgetter(1)

# itemgetter is useful as a key function for sorting
# this prevents the use of lambda
sorted_values = sorted(values, reverse=True, key=value_getter)

# btw, If you had chosen (value, name), then the key function is not required.

 # get both, name and value
result = sorted_values[-2]

# name_getter return index 0 from result
# or
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>>> students = [['Harry', 37.21], ['Berry', 37.21], ['Tina', 37.2], ['Akriti', 41], ['Harsh', 39]]
>>> studList = [student[0] for student in sorted(students, key = lambda x: x[1], reverse = True)]
>>> print(studList)
['Akriti', 'Harsh', 'Harry', 'Berry', 'Tina']
édit: sorry Confused
I speak Python but I don't speak English (I just read it a little). If I express myself badly, please blame the translator^^.
students = [['Harry', 37.21], ['Berry', 37.21], ['Tina', 37.2], ['Akriti', 41], ['Harsh', 39]]

sorted_students = sorted(students, key=lambda x:x[1], reverse=True)

print(f"Second lowest = {sorted_students[-2]}", end = '')
if sorted_students[-3][1] == sorted_students[-2][1]:
    print(f" and {sorted_students[-3]}")
Second lowest = ['Berry', 37.21] and ['Harry', 37.21]

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